The Holiday Tree Lighting Festival planned for Saturday afternoon at the Wilbur May Arboretum has been cancelled due to the heavy, wet snowfall and this weekend’s severe winter storm forecast.
“It’s not possible for us to provide a safe and enjoyable holiday event given the current weather conditions,” Washoe County Parks Department Director Doug Doolittle said.
“As much as we were looking forward to the tree lighting, we appreciate that this system brings much needed precipitation to the region,” Doolittle said.
Park staff will still light the tree which is located in the Arboretum’s Lear Garden. Here it serves as a Beacon of the Season for Rancho San Rafael Regional Park visitors and thousands of motorists who travel on McCarran, Virginia and Sierra Streets.
Doolittle said that Washoe County wants to thank all the volunteers and donors who helped with planning and set up for the event.
Rail City Nursery of Sparks donated the tree and the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society donated the decorations. The Nevada Youth Chorus, and Washoe County Open Space and Regional Parks Commissioner Jakki Ford were scheduled to perform holiday music.
Additional donors include, Billinghurst Middle School, T.W. Construction, Western Turf, The Candy Barrel, Greens Feed, United Rents, Nevada Landscape Association and Washoe County’s Community Relations Department.
The mission of Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space is to provide exceptional parks and open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.washoecountyparks.com.